County of Los Angeles
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, California 90020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 27, 2010
Contact: Neil Zanville
DCFS Office of Public Affairs: (213) 351-5779
Day of Event: (310 980-7596
Board of Supervisors
MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH
Parents' dramatic success stories leads to reunification with children
Innovative DCFS Programs facilitate safe family reunification
On March 2nd, The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Vermont Corridor Office will host an open-house reception as part of L.A. County's week-long Family Reunification Week celebration. DCFS staff and community partners will celebrate with families that have successfully and safely reunified with their children.
On hand will be representatives from Wraparound Services and Linkages, innovative DCFS programs that provide community-based resources to help families safely reunify with their children. Families that have achieved dramatic success in reunifying with their children will share their experiences.
Ernest Melendrez, upon release from prison, focused solely on reunifying with his daughter and in doing so transformed his life and family. Today, Ernest helps others working with Friends Outside Families and is active with Father's Intuition, a group supporting single fathers. His success story has captured the attention of both Mayor Villaraigosa and Governor Schwarzenegger. Together with his fiancée, Ernest now provides a loving stable home for his daughter and eight other children as well.
Shirley-Shamsid Deen represents another dramatic success story and will discuss how Wraparound and Linkages Services helped her overcome years of addiction to become a nurturing responsible mother.
DCFS Administrators, Wraparound & Linkages Program Managers
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
1 pm - 2:45 pm
Program Begins at 1:15 Featured Family Speakers at 1:30
DCFS Vermont Corridor Office, 8300 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Conference Room 418, (323) 965-5171
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